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If you’re looking for something stimulating and enlightening on this blissful summer’s day, check out Vincent Woods’ fine interview with Alex Ross from last night’s Arts Tonight show. As many OTR readers will know, Ross is the author of The …

Mon, Jun 21, 2010, 09:44


If you’re looking for something stimulating and enlightening on this blissful summer’s day, check out Vincent Woods’ fine interview with Alex Ross from last night’s Arts Tonight show. As many OTR readers will know, Ross is the author of The Rest Is Noise, a hugely recommended read on 20th century music, and a music writer with The New Yorker. The interview can be streamed or downloaded from here.

From the fools and their money department: Kiss fans with $5,500 to spare can have a meet and greet with a difference with Paul Stanley. Five and a half grand will get you an audience with Stanley AND a signed guitar which he will then smash up during a show. Rock and flaming roll.

That was the weekend that was: any readers who want to regale the rest of us with reports from Body & Soul, Sonar, Croke Park, Páirc Uí Chaoimh or other gatherings from the weekend can do so below.

Heading to New York soon? Take a hip-hop tour of the Bronx with Grandmaster Caz as your guide.

The debate following the Contemporary Music Centre’s recent Future Of Music In the Digital World conference continues to ebb and flow on OTR. So far, we’ve had contributions from three of the day’s five speakers – Bill Whelan, Gerd Leonhard and Andrew Dubber. The other speakers, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and the Minister of Fun Mary Hanafin, can join the action here.

Gazooks, there’s a new Lenny Cohen album on the way! You know what that means, don’t you? Yep, more tours.

Irish major labels v UPC: EMI Records (Ireland) Ltd, Sony Music Entertainment Ireland Ltd, Universal Music Ireland Ltd, Warner Music Ireland Ltd and WEA International Incorporated have commenced Commercial Court proceedings to force UPC Communications Ireland Ltd, the third biggest broadband provider in the Irish market, to block or disable access to sites which allegedly facilitate illegal downloading of music. Per the labels, a 48 hour scan of UPC’s networks found some 37,500 copyright infringements on UPC per month. (Comments will not be published on this case as it is currently before the courts).

Meanwhile in Spain, judges have ruled that file sharing is comparable to lending libaries after a case was taken against file-sharing site CVCDGO. Per Billboard’s report, the ruling states: “since ancient times there has been the loan or sale of books, movies, music and more. The difference now is mainly on the medium used – previously it was paper or analog media and now everything is in a digital format which allows a much faster exchange of a higher quality and also with global reach through the Internet.”

US readers of OTR hoping to get their Spotify freak on had better make new plans. Per Business Week, the US launch of the service has been delayed because the Big 4 labels want Spotify to junk its free model and find a guaranteed revenue stream it can share with them.

Interesting report from the Guardian on how “unlimited” data contracts for mobile users are set to be 86′d due to a tiny number of users slurping loads of data.

Mo’ New Yorker writer plugs: excellent piece from Sasha Frere-Jones on the current state of online music. Plus Frere-Jones also responds to readers’ questions about the piece and the issues raised.

Now that the Tories (and Mini-Tories) are back in power across the Irish Sea, Ian McCann is looking forward to some decent protest music.

The Super8 Shots film festival gets underway in Galway this week and will run in the city from Wednesday to next Sunday. It will feature screenings, workshops, exhibitions, events and the like in various venues, including Kelly’s, Number 8, Roisin Dubh, the Galway City Museum, Nimmo’s and Bell Book & Candle. More info here.

And finally, time to dust off a Far Side fave from earlier in the year and get into the groove again

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